Fiverr is a popular marketplace that’s been around since 2010, making it one of the first and longest-lasting digital markets. However, that popularity means that it’s also been popular with various scammers over the years. We’re going to look at some of the scams and how you can avoid them.
What is Fiverr?
In 2010 the founders of Fiverr came up with the idea of a marketplace for one small one-off jobs, or “gigs”, online. This could be anything from filling out a form to fixing a minor website issue or designing a business card. Over the years, it has evolved into selling various digital services typically offered by freelance contractors. Originally, gigs were priced at $5 each, though freelancers could add extras such as faster delivery or other options to increase the price. Today the site offers all kinds of digital services ranging from writing, translation, graphic design, video editing, programming and more.
Common Fiverr Scams
Unfortunately, that popularity has brought scammers. If you are thinking of ordering a gig, here are some things to look for right off the bat. Many of them feature the same telltale signs:
- An abundance of spelling and grammatical errors. A typo here and there is forgivable, but when a gig description is riddled with poor English, it’s an indication a scammer owns that gig using automated translators—or the person behind the gig just doesn’t care about the gig and its potential buyers.
- Generic Gig photos. Look for real photos instead of the typical product pics or photos found elsewhere on the web. It’s hard to believe the seller has the item in question if he’s using PR photos.
- Copied Gig. If you see the same gig posted word for word in another account, that’s a huge red flag. You can search through Fiverr.
- Too good to be true. The biggest telltale sign of a Fiverr scammer is if the gig promises a ridiculously good result.
There are some other tips to keep in mind when ordering, especially if it’s one of the more expensive orders.
- Know what you want, if you have any doubt, pass on it.
- When You’ve Found any gig to purchase: Vet the Seller and Know Your need.
- Ask detailed questions about the gig you want to buy over multiple chats.
Look the seller up. Look critically at the sellers rating(cancellation, communication, refund etc.)
Is Fiverr Safe for Sellers?
Overall yes, it is, but it pays to follow some safety rules.
If someone sends an unsolicited file out of the blue, don’t open it. While Fiverr has screened uploads for viruses for a few years now, be careful.
If you’re unfamiliar with the seller, ask them a few questions about the gig before ordering. If their responses are good, consider making a small order to judge the quality of their work. That way, if it doesn’t meet your expectations, you’re only out a few dollars.
Before ordering a high-priced gig, check out the seller’s profile. Do they have a profile picture? What are their reviews like? If someone has recently joined Fiverr and has a string of glowing 5-star reviews, that could indicate they are either really good – or maybe their friends and family are writing those reviews.